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SJSD Libraries Summary of Activity - November 2013

Featured Library: Benton High School

in this report ... why libraries matter

Our middle school and high school libraries have been busy this school year! Librarians have already been checking out books to students, assisting with research projects, collaborating with teachers, and assisting with technology needs in their respective buildings! This month, librarians also conducted a variety of lessons with students, including getting students set up to use the library’s shared ebook collection on FollettShelf.

why libraries matter in the year ...


print circulation online access assistance and operations lessons and collaboration

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Benton High School

Kelly LockMcMillen

Central High School

Kristy Johnson

Lafayette High School

Michelle Newby

Bode Middle School

Dlo Duvall

Robidoux Middle School

Melissa Corey

Spring Garden Middle School

Melody Townsend

Truman Middle School

Daria Deshon

Scholastic Administrator’s Magazine poses the question in an article titled “Are Librarians Still Important?” The short answer is a resounding yes! The article points out various studies that show reading improvements for schools who have a full-time, credentialed school librarian. However, according to the article, “the problem, librarians say, is that few administrators know precisely what they do these days. Many still hold on to the outdated stereotype of the librarian from their own school days-the one who shushed you on your first step into the libraryand remain unaware of the potential resource at their disposal.” - Kate Rix. "Are Librarians Still Important?" Scholastic. Scholastic Administrator's Magazine, n.d Web. 19 Dec. 2013.


Print Circulation Statistics Books Checked Out

Totals New Books Checked Out


Our print circulation statistics showed approximately 4,000 books checked out in a one month period. These statistics were compiled from November 1, 2013, until November 30, 2013. These circulation statistics also represent the checkout activity of all 4 middle schools and all 3 high schools combined, for a total of 5,500 students. As well, our nonfiction statistics were strong. Students and staff checked out almost 800 nonfiction texts during this time. This shows that our libraries’ nonfiction collections are supporting the Common Core









state standards as well as district initiatives to increase the amount of informational texts read by students. Finally, our librarians have begun tracking how our newer books are performing compared to the rest of the existing print collection. By our definition, we are tracking “new” books that were purchased beginning in the 2012-13 school year. These books are a little over a year old or newer in many cases. The proportion of the print collection that is checking out that is classified as new is very high. Out of all fiction books checked out, approximately 1/5 were new books. Out of all nonfiction books checked out, approximately 1/2 were new books. This is huge! Our new, up-todate nonfiction is moving!

Total Circulation of Books





Total Circulation of New Books

New vs. Existing Collection 4000


3000 2000


1000 0

Fiction Exisiting

Nonfiction New

Fiction - New -2-

Nonfiction - New

Online Access Statistics eBooks

eBooks Checkouts


eBooks Read Online



Featured Database SJSD subscribes to a number of databases for its secondary schools. One favorite resource is Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Opposing Viewpoints is perfect for developing claims and counterclaims under the SJSD argumentative writing

Library Website Access District Site












Spring Garden




Library Assistance and Operations Library Operations

Library Assistance (finding books, doing research)

loading books onto iPods; individual/group book recommendations including nonfiction, AP, and cultural books; database/web research; locating books on appropriate reading level; readers’ advisory consultations; using and searching Alexandria catalog; Accelerated Reader program assistance; displays/bulletin boards

Student Technology Assistance (Troubleshooting)

troubleshooting log-ins for email, PowerSchool, blogs, etc.; printing/copying issues; SRI links/login; assisting with iPad apps, including Edmodo, Google Drive; finding lost projects; log-in issues; missing iPads; creating screencasts

Staff Technology Assistance (Troubleshooting)

overheads/sound system troubleshooting, assisting with hardware/software, loading students in SRI admin, running PowerSchool reports, using Google Apps, adding information to Schoolwires, Acuity logins, printer setup/install, teaming with all staff on technology training, help with hardware (video cameras, projectors, speakers)

duties performed by librarians Circulation duties cataloging, ordering books,checking in/out, updating patrons, serving as SRI admin, pulling books for teachers Technology duties open/close computer labs; daily iPad check-out/check-in; book computer labs; troubleshooting laptops, computers, iPads; updating website on Schoolwires; track tech repair slips, Acuity logins, create LibGuides Building duties announcements posted to website, TVs; running clubs; assisting with staff meetings Collection duties book displays, reorganizing collection, weeding collection for age/wear and tear, labeling series books, award winner displays, holiday book displays, award reader/selector books


Lessons and Collaboration Classes Using Libraries and/or Labs

Lessons Taught by Librarians




Leveling books, “Just Right” books


Database overview (SS, ELA)


FollettShelf ebook app overview and setup


TRAAP Test, They Say/I Say

CSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8, AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner 1.1

Website Integrity


DC History book review access via MWSU, reading genre of book review

CSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8; AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner 4.1.4, 4.1.2

Accessing databases for 11th grade to use SOAPstone, AP analysis tool, keep track with They Say/I Say charts

CSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8; AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6

Google Documents lesson

CSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8, AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner 4.1.6

Research a Pathogenic Microorganism

CSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8, CCSS.ELALiteracy.RST.11-12.7, AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner 1.1

Introduction to Blogging


Using an OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)


Primary vs. Secondary Sources to SS




224 in lab/25 in library


CA 9, CA 11, Government, PE research, CA literacy


Microbiology, CA 11, D/C History, SS 11, Debate, Business small groups


Health, Counselor, ELA

Spring Garden

ELA banned books/ Google Drive, SRI, Book Fair; Art, Math, SS


6 teachers using library 15 times, 3+ lab usage


8th grade SS to set up WebDAV, Counseling SOS presentation, SRI w/ all 7th/8th ELA, FollettShelf w/8th ELA

Collaboration Time Librarians spent collaboration time with teachers this month in the following subject areas:

Business FACS Industrial Technology ELA Math

Library lessons are correlated to the following standards: •Common Core State Standards for ELA Literacy including Reading: Literature, Writing,


History/Social Studies, and Science

Special Services

•National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S)

Team teachers in middle school

•American Association of School Librarian’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner -4-

Individual teachers as needed

Bookmas Trees! Our libraries began getting festive for the holidays this year around the Thanksgiving holiday. Both Bode Middle School and Robidoux Middle School created Bookmas Trees! These are Christmas trees created entirely out of books! Librarians Dlo Duvall and Melissa Corey got the idea from Pinterest and were able to create their trees with extra texts for the holiday season.

Happy Holidays

Robidoux Bookmas Tree

from SJSD Libraries Bode Bookmas Tree


SJSD Secondary Libraries Monthly Report - November 2013  
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